Regrettably, I have to inform parents of some sad news that we received this week. Our former registrar and Arts assistant, Julie Jefferies, has passed away after a short illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. 

With the Coronavirus never far away from our collective mind, we have gone about another extremely busy but rewarding week here. Year 6 clearly enjoyed a History workshop which helped put into context the role of women and men in the Great War. Feedback was really positive and set the scene perfectly for future studies on this era. And that serves to remind me: unless government policy re Coronavirus becomes stringent enough to see the closure of cinemas, and if it is still showing, I must get out to see the film 1917, about which so many people have said so many complimentary things.

It is always a treat to get out and about, even – or especially – at this damp depressing time of the year, and, not to be out done by the Year above, Year 5 visited Sandwell Valley Country Park as part of their Geography studies. Their focus was on the river there. Such opportunities outside the classroom really do put into real life and bring alive the children’s learning.

Year 4 girls were on fire this week, winning the RGS Netball tournament in convincing style. Well done to all the girls for super performances.

On Thursday, BCS hosted the IAPS Regional swimming qualifying round. We welcomed teams from Warwick,  RGS The Grange and Oswestry School. It was a wonderful event with many outstanding performances.

In Pre-Prep, I enjoyed leading their assembly on Forgiveness. This is a huge feature of our Blue Coat Values as we strive to Grow in Grace. As always, the children were excellent, joining in and supporting me. Thank you, girls and boys.

I must congratulate our children for their outstanding artwork at the Malvern St James Art exhibition. The work was identified as being of top quality. Well done to you all. Kimi was Highly Commended in the Reception category, Jayden Highly Commended in the Year 2 section, Alexandra won the Year 5 section, and Henry was highly commended in the Year 6 section. Creative Arts are flying under the watchful eye of Mr Clements.

Next week we look forward to more music making from our outstanding musicians. The Semi-Finals for the BCS Music Festival will take place on Monday 9 March. The Gala Concert, where we will announce the BCS Young Musician of the Year, will take place later that evening in the School Hall at 6pm.  Do come along and hear our best musicians perform. Entry is free and all are welcome. The concert will last around 90 minutes. We then look forward to the Messiah Concert with our Chapel Choir on Saturday 28th March. It promises to be a wonderful month of music at Blue Coat!

It is the eagerly awaited Prep Disco tonight. It will not be a surprise, then, if your little cherubs are more than normally exhausted this Friday evening.

Please can I ask all parents to follow all the advice and guidance regarding Coronavirus. This will help us try and keep our community safe.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster